Going two for 4 against the Marlins yesterday might seem like a big deal for 47 year old Julio Franco, but until he’s tries out for the Prospect Park Football League, he’s just another old guy…albeit one playing at the highest level of competition. Queens Ledger’s Kenny Bruno issues a challenge of sorts to the Mets’ 1B/pinch-hitter. (link courtesy Sam Frank).
He is the oldest player in Major League history to hit a home run. I am the oldest player in PPFL history to score a touchdown. He is the oldest player ever to hit a grand slam, a pinch hit home run, hit two home runs in a game and to steal a base. I am the oldest to throw an interception, pull a hamstring, and drop an easy pass. Julio eats a dozen egg whites for breakfast, and consumes 5,000 calories a day. I also consume about 5,000 calories a day, most of it in bagels and pizza.
If Julio can keep going till he’s 50 in professional sports, why can’t I do it as an amateur? Instead of egg whites I’ll take more anti-inflammatories. I have a new goal. I’m going to play till I’m 50. Julio, that gives you two years to join the PPFL. We’d love to have you. And you won’t even be the oldest guy in the league.